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Number 261, February 29, 2004

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Golly! Last issue I mentioned that the in-box was getting a bit thin, so why don't y'all write some articles. Dang me if y'all didn't up and do just that! I have a sort-of informal limit of a maximum of 10 articles per issue (just a rule of thumb, not set in stone or nothing like that), and I could easily have gone to 15 articles this time ... look for those article to show up next issue. But don't y'all stop, now, I'm not complaining!

We welcome a new staffer here at the palatial TLE skyscraper, located on the ... sorry I'm laughing too hard to go on. Mr. Frank Ney is now our new "Travel Gestapo Editor". The reasons for his appointment are to be found in his article "Banned from flying". Welcome, Frank! If you don't like that title, suggest another....

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L. Neil Smith, Curtis Handsaker, Cyclone Ranger, Fred Cummins and Dennis Kabaczy:

TLE Interviews Aaron Russo — Part Two
by L. Neil Smith
I recently interviewed celebrated movie maker — and candidate for the Libertarian Party's 2004 Presidntial nomination — Aaron Russo by telephone, only to discover that my elderly cassette tape recorder had problems. This is the second part of that interview, and I reiterate that words and phrases in brackets represent my best guess, and any inaccuracies as a result are my fault and mine alone.

Banned From Flying
by Frank Ney
Folks who are so inclined may wish to see if they can still get airline tickets. In checking my options this weekend for a convention next month, I've discovered some fed has put me on the CAAPS bad-boy list. Since they won't tell me when I was added I have no idea exactly which event precipitated this retaliation.

The Blessings of Liberty
by Lex Concord
The Constitution established what was supposed to be a fairly limited government, one powerful enough to secure individual liberty, but not so powerful that the government itself would become a significant threat to that liberty. In the two centuries since its adoption, the government has grown well beyond those constitutionally defined limits. Libertarians have reacted with alarm to this development, but perhaps we have not fully considered all the benefits we receive from a powerful central government. In fact, I came up with a list of the top ten benefits to having a central government that is much more powerful than the Constitution allows:

How One Man Changed My World
by Tracy Schrader
How does a good little Catholic girl, sheltered all her life, raised to believe in the tooth fairy, and that government is really here to help us, go to raging libertarian, gun owner, and anti-government witch? (Literally. Raised Catholic, now Wiccan)

The Brown Peril
by Jack Boone
We all, in the long journey to libertarianism, learn some lessons quickly and some slowly. This one issue, mexican "illegal" immigration, is an easy one for me. My father taught me the answers, and I'm now 64.

Libertarian Women, Men & Children
by Terry Liberty Parker
To become CONSISTENTLY "libertarian" PERSONS (entities with rights & obligations) and CONSISTENTLY libertarian "free moral agents" most humans must, to some extent, transcend part of their biological heritage:

Why Johnny Can't Get A Job
by William Stone, III
I'm a smart guy. I know it, and I'm not ashamed of it. Being smart doesn't make me better than someone who isn't and it doesn't mean I don't occasionally do stupid things. I'm not the smartest guy in the world by any means — I used to be a member of a Linux users' group that included people that held multiple doctorates in nuclear physics and split atoms for a living. I can't hold a candle to people like that, but the simple fact of the matter is that I am more intelligent than something like 90% of the people in the world.

SCOTUS Amongst Us
by Alan R. Weiss
In reference to Groh v. Ramirez, 02-811: Well, well, well. The infamous 9th Circuit Court of Appeals finally got one right, and the Supreme Court of the United States (SCOTUS, sort of sounds like scrotum) in a NARROW vote (5-4) upheld the Constitution, specifically the 4th Amendment.

What Ever Happened to TV?
by L. Neil Smith
I am exactly the same age as broadcast commercial television. So when I say I've seen it all, that's almost literally true. I've been watching TV from the days when you were stuck with whatever was on the one channel most people could get wherever they lived, to a time when you could choose from 500 channels and there still wasn't anything to watch.

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